ATLANTA, Georgia (June 30, 2015) – The Atlanta-based Turknett Leadership Group (TLG) and the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership announced a celebratory event to reflect on and learn from eleven years of the Leadership Character Awards programs. This year’s special event entitled “Learning from Leaders of Character” will take place on October 15, 2015 from 4:30 – 7 pm at the Buckhead Club. Attendees are invited to a reception followed by a keynote and a panel discussion with past award winners. A top award recipient in 2011, Ralph de la Vega, President and CEO AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions, will be the featured keynote speaker.
Mr. de la Vega won the Leadership Character Award in the Large Company CEO category in 2011. Under his leadership, AT&T Mobility has become one of the largest smartphone and mobile Internet providers worldwide. Mr. de la Vega is also the author of the best-selling book Obstacles Welcome: Turn Adversity to Advantage in Business and Life. Susan Hitchcock, TLG’s Executive Director of Women’s Initiatives, who has known de la Vega for over four decades, said, “I don’t know of another executive who has shown more character in his professional and personal life than Ralph or one who has given more back to the community – including his extraordinary contributions to Jr. Achievement. He is one of the most distinguished business leaders in the country.”
The panelists for the event, all of whom are past winners, will be Milton Little, President of United Way of Greater Atlanta, Claire Lewis “Yum” Arnold, Chairman and CEO of Leapfrog Services, Inc., and Letty Ashworth, Director – Global Diversity of Delta Airlines. Pat Falotico, CEO of Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, will be the panel moderator.
The panel of past award winners will discuss their insights and experiences about developing and sustaining character in their personal leadership and in the organizations they lead. Bob Turknett, CEO of Turknett Leadership Group and founder of the Leadership Character Awards, said, “We are indeed fortunate to hear from these esteemed award winners who not only have a vision of the future, but the character – the courage and heart – to persevere and see it through.”
The 2016 Turknett Leadership Character Awards will be held in the Fall in partnership with the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, and nominations will be open in February 2016. “It is an honor to collaborate with the Turknett Leadership Group in celebration of Greater Atlanta servant-leaders,” says Pat Falotico, CEO of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. “These leaders embody the definition that Robert Greenleaf gave us so many years ago. Greenleaf said, ‘It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.’”
Since 2003, the annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards have recognized Georgia leaders who demonstrate character in leadership based on alignment with the Leadership Character Model™, a model developed by Bob and Lyn Turknett in 1995. The model represents character as a scale with integrity as the base and respect and responsibility balanced on either side. The current Advisory Board members for the Leadership Character Awards are Ann Cramer, Senior Consultant with Coxe Curry & Associates and former Director for IBM of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs; Tom Crawford, retired chairman and CEO of Crawford & Company and a 2007 Turknett Leadership Character Award winner; David Ratcliffe, former President, and CEO of Southern Company; Conchita Robinson, President and CEO of C Robinson Associates, Inc.; and Dr. Betty Siegel, President-Emeritus of Kennesaw State University. Ms. Robinson and Dr. Siegel have served as Advisors since the inception of the Awards in 2003.
With over 25 years’ experience, Turknett Leadership Group is Atlanta’s premiere resource for services such as Executive Coaching, Talent Assessment, Leadership Talent Assessment, Succession Planning and Engagement Surveys. Through an approach grounded in science and guided by the Leadership Character Model™, TLG helps organizations hire the best people, identify and develop high potentials, and create high-performing cultures for long-term business success.
Growing people and performance since 1964, the Greenleaf Center is the definitive source in the arena of servant leadership. Servant Leadership is a leading philosophy and set of practices that fosters growth, well-being and bottom-line results and their communities – whether academia, corporations, non-profits or others. The Center is named for Robert K. Greenleaf, the founder of the modern movement and term servant leadership to embody a better way for us to be and lead in society.